Lee graduated high school in 1997 and then spent two years recovering from a back injury. He attended SAIT and finished with a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology, while worked as a summer student for the MOTI doing QA/QC.
Lee worked in the Civil Construction field for 14 years, with 3 years working for the City of Dawson Creek as an Engineering Assistant and 11 years for DGS Astro Paving in the Peace Region. He started with DGS as a Civil Foreman and 3 years ago became the Area Manager.
Lee has been involved in NRCA for 4 years. He enjoys all aspects of the construction industry, from the people he works with to the owners he works for.
Karen has 10 years construction experience, currently working for Datoff Bros Construction Ltd. as a Project Manager. Karen’s primary role is to complete project bids or RFP’s and manage contracts, schedules, and budgets for on-going projects.
Karen attained her Civil Engineering Technologies Diploma through Camosun College. During her time in school, Karen began working on construction sites as a Field Technician. Her passion for the construction industry and interest in the internal workings of projects led Karen to her current position.Her work in a variety of construction environments, spanning from Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, and Residential has always kept her interested in learning more. Karen has worked throughout Northern Alberta and British Columbia and has also worked for General Contractors and in defence infrastructure as a member of Defence Construction Canada. This variety of experiences brings a wealth of knowledge to the NRCA.
Karen and her husband were born and raised in Victoria. They moved to the Northern Capital approximately two years ago, after spending approximately 10 years in Northern Alberta. Since being in Prince George, they have spent their free time exploring the great outdoors; hiking, fishing, backroad exploring and playing with their three excitable dogs. Karen brings a diverse knowledge of regional practices, contract understanding and experience to help grow the Northern Regional Construction Association work to fulfill its mandate.
John was born in Creston BC and raised in Quesnel BC. He is married, has three children, and two grandchildren.
John’s work career has varied. He spent 11 years as a Teacher's Assistant at Quesnel Secondary School and 10 years at Quesnel Plywood. After suffering a work place injury in both shoulders, John went back to school and received a diploma in Practical Nursing. Just after graduating, John was offered a Construction Safety Officer position in Iqaluit Nunavut and he soon found that he was managing safety for construction projects in Nunavut, Labrador and Newfoundland. This was his start in a long and fulfilling career in safety.In 2013 John opened Can Do Safety Ltd. a full-service safety company that provides customers with a variety of services including but not limited to safety program development, online safety program maintenance, Ives Forklift and Boom Lift training, and external auditing for both the BC Construction Safety Alliance and the BC Forest Safety Council. John and his oldest son also own Peak Roofing Ltd. a small roofing company in Quesnel.
John became both a Construction Safety Officer and Trade Safety Coordinator in February 2014, a Construction Safety Specialist in November 2014 and a Gold Seal Certified Construction Safety Coordinator in December 2017. John is currently working towards his NCSO and CRSP certifications.
Dustin Graham is the President of Local Rental Solutions Ltd, a company he helped build with a reputation of safety, trust and reliability, LRS serves clients in the construction sector all over Northern BC with two locations in Prince George & Terrace. Having grown up in PG, Dustin has deep roots in the community and when not working he enjoys spending time on his farm, horseback riding or getting outdoors to go camping & fishing with his family and friends.
Active with the Prince George Construction Association (now NRCA) and BCCA-North since 2005, Mike has been involved in the ICI Construction Sector for many years. Mike has been actively involved in the evolution and amalgamation of our Northern Associations and works closely with NRCA CEO and NRCA Executive.
Mike believes strongly that collaboration and communication is the necessary foundation to continue to build and strengthen our association and feels privileged to represent our members across the North, while working alongside his fellow directors as they collectively provide governance to the NRCA and the BCCA.
Tim is an Estimator and Project Manager for Boreal Pacific Enterprises - a division of L.B. Paving Ltd. - with 2 years of experience of providing expected costs for varying sizes of projects and implementing planning processes to meet project requirements, as well as over 4 years field experience on the crew.
Originally from Kelowna, Tim's family recently moved to Smithers. He started with Boreal in 2011 as a labourer and worked his way up. Tim and his wife of 10 years are fortunate to have four beautiful children.
Tim became a board member for the NRCA in May of 2016, and continues to enjoy the experience and the people within the construction industry that he's met along the way.
Iain has over 40 years in the construction industry and has served in all areas from residential building to heavy industrial building.
Graduating from CNC in 1984 from the Carpentry program, Iain has gone on to achieve different levels of professionalism in the construction field. Iain completed The Art of Persuasion: How to change ideas, attitudes and actions and Strategies, Skills & Tactics of Negotiations at the Sauder School of Business, and also has a number of industry education courses under his belt such as Construction Estimation, Construction 101, and Excel Levels I & II.
Iain is past Chairman of Prince George Construction Association (now the NRCA) and sits on four committees with the NRCA. He is also a past director of the Northern Interior Mining Group.
Andrew is a Business Advisor serving clients out of MNP’s Prince George and Quesnel offices. He is passionate about helping business owners, managers and professionals grow their enterprises and achieve their long-term goals.
He has first-hand experience managing the responsibilities of business ownership. He takes a proactive approach as a trusted advisor, developing strategies to help his clients meet and overcome their challenges.
Andrew earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in accounting and marketing from Simon Fraser University in 1995. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 1998. He earned his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 2002.
Born and raised in Fort St. John, Aaron has been in the involved in the construction industry for 20 years. Starting during summer breaks through high school, he has worked his way up from a labourer position to running crews and is now estimating, project managing, and helps oversee the company as Vice President for Kalmar Construction.
Aaron has been involved with the NRCA as a director for 5 years and is the interim chair of the NRCA Finance & Audit Committee. He also serves as an advisor on the NRCA Industry Council. In addition to Aaron's NRCA commitments, he also sits on the Board of Directors for the BCCA and serves on the Finance & Audit Committee as well as the Standards & Practices Committee. Aaron has had a chance to work with great people in the industry during his time on the board is excited for the current direction of the NRCA and having an opportunity to contribute to bring members as much value as possible.
Reg Shanks has been the General Manager of Westcana Electric Inc for several years, and prior to that owning his own successful electrical company for nearly 15 years. As a Master Electrician with over 25 years in Northern British Columbia, Reg brings his expertise in successful leadership and management of companies of various sizes. With many years of construction experience in oil and gas, industrial, commercial, and residential, Reg is able to provide insight for all aspects of construction including bidding, performing, and closing projects.
As a strong believer in promoting diversity within the construction industry, Reg acknowledges that this is a priority for many organizations and his progress and leadership in pursuing these opportunities will help many companies within the NRCA. When not working Reg spends time outdoors with his wife and four children, exploring what Northern BC has to offer our communities. Reg has been a leader in implementing the builders code within Westcana Electric Inc, introducing training and procedures leading Westcana to the following awards - Builders Code Awards 2019: Contractor of the Year and Community Champion; Builders Code Awards 2020: Loyalty Champion.